August Fagerstrom FanGraphs Chat -- 2/2/16
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Trystan
12:31
I would like a fourth pitch behind my Sinker, Change and Curve but I pitch sidearm and can't get the rotations on a slider. Thoughts? Eephus?
august fagerstrom
12:32
4seam?
Schmohawk
12:32
What are your thoughts on Carlos Martinez this year? How much of a concern is his shoulder?
august fagerstrom
12:32
shoulders are always scary, maybe even moreso than elbows, but if the stuff looks to be there early, he might be the best pitcher in St. Louis
Bork
12:32
Will you be my valentine?
august fagerstrom
12:32
sure thing, Bork.
E5
12:33
They changed Zach Godley from reliever to starter last year with good results. Any opinion on his ability to stick in the rotation?
august fagerstrom
12:33
well there's almost no chance he opens in the rotation
12:34
he's probably the 7th or 8th option. command problems, lack of pedigree, I wouldn't be super optimistic of him as anything more than a decent depth piece
Guest
12:34
If you had to bet on one team in the AL to win 100 games, who would it be?
august fagerstrom
12:34
Astros
MRK III
12:35
Which 5 guys from the recent top 100 prospect lists do you think make the biggest impact this year, excluding guys who have already been called up (Seager, Buxton, etc)?
august fagerstrom
12:36
real life? coming from someone whose entire knowledge of prospects is what he reads on the internet, i'll say: Crawford, Arcia, Giolito... Gallo and... Berrios?
Chris
12:36
What do the Red Sox do if/when Rusney and JBJ falter? Castillo has shown no sign of being a major league starter and neither has JBJ sans one month last year at the plate.
august fagerstrom
12:36
Bradley's a major leaguer on the glove alone
12:37
and his bat those first couple years was way worse than expected based on his minor league track record. He's not last year's JBJ at the plate, but I'd wager he's closer to that than the first two years
12:38
Young and Holt are useful depth pieces if Rusney just isn't that good, which I agree is a definite possibility
Buff
12:38
Arodys Vizcaino: over/under 20 saves?
august fagerstrom
12:38
over
wait
yeah
Juan Pablo Taquito
12:38
Which top 20 pitcher gets TJ this year?
august fagerstrom
12:38
let's not
E5
12:38
Jason Rogers decent playing time in PIT? Jaso isn't going to lock 1B down full time, right?
august fagerstrom
12:39
anyone's guess, but if he even plays a passable 1B, then yeah, he's playing everyday vs. RHP with Morse handling lefties
shouldn't count on Rogers getting much PT at all until we see Jaso at first
Tonald Drump
12:40
What happened to Howie Kendrick? How did he make such bad business decisions?
august fagerstrom
12:40
qualifying offer is not good for players
Free Gucci
12:40
Are you a believer in Jeff Samardzija?
august fagerstrom
12:40
believer that he'll be better than last year
believer that the National League is quite a bit friendlier than the AL, especially when you play half your games on the west coast at AT&T
Nate
12:41
Most likely landing spot for Fowler?
august fagerstrom
12:41
the Angels can't seriously keep doing what they're doing, right?
Jeet
12:41
Sano was the ugly stepsister to Buxton's star potential. What happened to Buxton? Do you think Max Kepler (who everyone is superhigh on) will have the same fate?
august fagerstrom
12:42
he struggled in the first 40 games of his major league career and has dealt with injuries for the better part of 2 years
and he's 21
with insane upside still
even money on Buxton having a better career than Sano still
at least
E5
12:42
Why are you so excited about February? February, even in a leap year, is the shortest month, therefore the dumbest. That's sound reasoning, right?
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